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TELEVISION STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS FEBRUARY 2022 VIEWPOINT KENNETH BRANAGH JACINTA FITZGERALD ERIK THOMSON JOSEPH & KATHERINE SKELTON MISS MANAGE PAM & TOMMY THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER SOLD

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C’mon C’mon; Red Rocket; The Godfather Part I; Death on the Nile; The Worst Person in the World; Parallel Mothers; Mark Hunt: The Fight of His Life; Studio 666; Jackass Forever; Aline; Marry Me; Cyrano, plus more

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44 Venus Rising Royal New Zealand Ballet 45 NZ Television Awards Ian Mune, legend 46 20 Years of NZ Fashion Week girls (& more) on film WATCHING IN SKY HIGHLIGHTS CountryTV, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Rialto Channel 27 Honey Boy ”I’m your cheerleader honey boy” 28 Pride Month Special celebrate pride FREE TO AIR TV 30 Black Sea Golden Ladder the Visual Album Troy Kingi. STREAMING 33 Inventing Anna who do you think you are? 34 Pam & Tommy the greatest love story ever sold WATCHING NOW VIEWPOINT 14 Kenneth Branagh man of many talents 16 Jacinta FitzGerald fashion forward 22 Erik Thomson yes chef! 40 Katherine & Joseph Skelton RNZB higher & higher 48 Miss Manage what are you watching? 50 Directory cinemas nationwide WATCHING SOON

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Parallel Mothers Cinema, page 9

Inventing Anna Streaming, page 33

20 Years of NZ Fashion Week Events, page 46

The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel Streaming, page 32

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In February we celebrate LOVE! Real-life love, Pride love, love of film, love of telly, love of stories in every form! This month, Hélène Ravlich speaks to the real-life married couple dancing in Royal NZ Ballet’s upcoming Venus Rising , asks cabaret drag diva, Miss Manage, what she loves, and also chats to the iconic – and lovely – actor Erik Thomson about his new hit Australian comedy Aftertaste . On the big screen, you’ll find many facets of love in Cyrano , Marry Me , Parallel Mothers , Flee, Book of Love, Red Rocket and more. Continue your love of streaming and TV, with the greatest love story ever sold in Pam & Tommy , and fall in love (or lust) with the red hot Mexican series Dark Desire . And, amidst all the Covid challenges to live events, check out the film celebrating twenty years of loving NZ Fashion Week on page 46. All you need is love? All you need is in VIEW’s February issue! GIVEAWAYS WIN

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TELEVISION STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS FEBRUARY 2022 VIEWPOINT KENNETH BRANAGH JACINTA FITZGERALD ERIK THOMSON JOSEPH & KATHERINE SKELTON MISS MANAGE PAM & TOMMY THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER SOLD

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MOONFALL – PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE Everybody’s in for a bumpy ride after a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit and sends it hurtling on a collision course with Earth. With mere weeks before impact, and the world on the brink of annihilation, a NASA executive and former astronaut is convinced she has the key to saving us all, but only one astronaut from her past and a so-called conspiracy theorist believe her. As the film heads inexorably towards its epic climax, these unlikely heroes take on an impossible last-ditch mission – to go up into space and solve whatever’s wrong with the moon. Co-written and directed by disaster movie specialist Roland Emmerich. Halle Berry, Donald Sutherland, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer.

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C’MON C’MON A man and his young nephew forge a tenuous but

transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future. It’s about listening – really listening – to what other people have to say. Written and directed by Mike Mills. Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Norman, Gaby Hoffmann. PREMIERES 17TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE RED ROCKET Finding himself down and out in L.A., a washed-up porn star heads back to his hometown in Texas, where he crashes with his estranged wife and mother-in-law. Just as this dysfunctional family seems to be making things work, he meets a young woman who he thinks he could make into a star – in the sex industry. An uncomfortable depiction of a deluded anti-hero willing to do whatever it takes in his pursuit of a sleazy version of the American dream. Simon Rex, Suzanna Son, Bree Elrod. PREMIERES 10TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE GODFATHER PART I The film follows the Corleone mob family as the youngest son Michael goes from a reluctant outsider to ruthless mafia boss. Praised by audiences and critics alike, it was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, & Best Actor for Marlon Brando. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of director Francis Ford Coppola’s great classic, a new 4K remaster, that enhances the original sound and image quality, is being re-released into selected cinemas for a limited season. Special event – PREMIERES 25TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE BELFAST A moving portrait of childhood and family, love and courage. Feature page 14 – PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE

DEATH

ON THE NILE Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian vacation, aboard a glamorous river steamer with a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed fellow travellers, turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. A daring mystery-thriller about the emotional chaos and deadly consequences triggered by obsessive love. A story full of wicked twists and turns, based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars, with Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Armie Hammer... and

the list goes on. PREMIERES 10TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

C’mon C’mon Premieres 17th

The Godfather Part I Premieres 25th

Red Rocket Premieres 10th

Death on the Nile Premieres 10th

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MEMORIA After hearing a loud ‘bang’ at daybreak, a Scottish woman traversing the jungles of Colombia, begins experiencing a mysterious and disturbing sensory syndrome. Saturated in anthropological and esoteric concepts, the film is a hypnotic, unquantifiable, occasionally impenetrable sonic odyssey from a unique cinematic voice. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Tilda Swinton. PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE FLEE Told mostly through animation, this documentary weaves together a stunning tapestry of images and memories to tell the deeply affecting true story of a man grappling with his traumatic past. Once a child refugee from Afghanistan he carries a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years – one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. His extraordinary journey of self- discovery, revealled through heartfelt interviews, shows that only by confronting the past can he carve out a future. PREMIERES 24TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE HIVE Like many of the other women in her closely-knit Kosovo town, Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the war many years earlier. However in this rural patriarchal society, women mustn’t work, and she is struggling to provide for her family. Defying tradition, she starts a small food business with other war widows, and together they find healing and solace in the new venture – but their will to live independently is soon met with open hostility. Based on a true story. PREMIERES 24TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE INDIA SWEETS & SPICES After returning from college to her home in a wealthy Indian American neighbourhood, a young woman soon upends her family’s well-ordered life with her brash new independence. When secrets about her parent’s past come to light during a dinner party, it soon pushes her to a daring and ultimately hilarious confrontation. PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD A young woman is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste, and her successful older boyfriend is pushing for them to settle down. One night by chance she meets a charming younger man, and before long it’s out with the old and in with the new, as she throws herself into yet another relationship hoping for a new perspective on her life... But she will come to realise that some life choices are already behind her. Renate Reinsve won Best Actress at Cannes 2021 for the dark romcom-drama. PREMIERES 10TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Flee Premieres 24th

The Worst Person in the World Premieres 10th

Hive Premieres 24th

Memoria Premieres 3rd

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PARALLEL

MOTHERS WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY PEDRO ALMODÓVAR – PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE Almodóvar’s style is immediately front and centre, with his signature visuals, and a story focused on women and motherhood. In this film two women’s lives intersect while they wait together at the hospital to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident: one is middle-aged, doesn’t regret it, and is exultant; the other is a teenager, scared, repentant and traumatized. They form a remarkable bond as they both confront motherhood, and the series of cascading events that unfold, which lead to unforeseen, and deeply emotional, consequences for both of them. Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Rossy de Palma.

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MARK HUNT: THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE The ‘Super Samoan’ survived a brutal childhood and fighting in the streets to become a K1 World Champion, and UFC title contender. Now he’s risking it all to fight for justice in the sport he loves. Not just a sports story... this is a tale of human triumph. PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE UNCHARTED A street-smart thief joins a seasoned treasure hunter to recover a fortune lost over 500 years ago. The heist becomes a globe- trotting, clue-deciphering, knuckle-clenching race to claim the prize. Prequel to the PlayStation action-adventure games. Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali. PREMIERES 17TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE BLACKLIGHT There are but a few things in life that can be considered certain: death, taxes, and Liam Neeson showing up in movies in which he beats up bad guys. This time he’s a freelance government “fixer,”specialising in extracting exposed deep-cover operatives, who uncovers a deadly conspiracy within his own ranks. PREMIERES 10TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE STUDIO 666 The legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into a mansion steeped in grisly rock & roll history to record their anticipated 10th album, but soon supernatural forces threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band. Horror- comedy from a story by Dave Grohl and featuring the band. SPECIAL EVENT – PREMIERES 24TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

JACKASS

FOREVER The original Jackass crew, with a little help from some crazy new cast members, return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and usually dangerous, displays of stunt- comedy. As they push the envelope even further, Johnny Knoxville has revealed that a stunt where he stepped into the ring with a bull, and came off second-best, left him with a brain injury (and the requisite broken bones), finally forcing him to call it quits on a glittering career of putting his body on the line for entertainment. Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, and the rest. Don’t try any of this at home!! PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Uncharted Premieres 17th

Blacklight Premieres 10th

Studio 666 Premieres 24th

Jackass Forever Premieres 3rd

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MARRY ME A pop superstar is moments away from getting married in front of an audience of fans, when she learns that her fiancé is a cheat. She has a meltdown on stage, and in a moment of inspired insanity, picks a total stranger from the crowd and marries him on the spot. As forces conspire to separate the newlyweds, they must decide if two people from such different worlds really could find love together. Packed with original songs by Jennifer Lopez who stars with Owen Wilson. PREMIERES 10TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE ALINE A ‘biopic’ of Canadian singing sensation Aline Dieu, a fictional character very closely inspired by the life of Celine Dion – and although the story follows her life virtually beat for beat, most of Dion’s best-known songs proved impossible to get the rights to. However the film became instantly iconic when the 57-year-old actor-director, Valérie Lemercier, made the audacious decision to play Celine Dion at every age

CYRANO This musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac, is a symphony of emotions with music, romance, and beauty in a re-imagining of the timeless tale of a heartbreaking love triangle. A man ahead of his

time, Cyrano, dazzles whether with ferocious

wordplay at a verbal joust, or with brilliant swordplay in a duel. But, too self-conscious to woo his true love, Roxanne, himself, and convinced that his physical short-comings render him unworthy of her love, Cyrano offers his skills as a poet to a young suitor in an effort to bring the two together. Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett,

of her life – including as a 5-year-old child. PREMIERES 17TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE THE BOOK OF LOVE

An uptight and unsuccessful English writer is surprised when his book suddenly becomes a hit in Mexico. When he travels there for a promotional tour with the translator, he soon discovers the reason for it’s popularity: she has rewritten his dull book as a steamy erotic novel. Tempers flair and sparks begin to fly, as the two find love and lust despite themselves. PREMIERES 24TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Kelvin Harrison Jr. PREMIERES 24TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE

Marry Me Premieres 10th

Cyrano Premieres 24th

The Book of Love Premieres 24th

Aline Premieres 17th

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BELFAST WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH

A semi-autobiographical film set in the Northern Ireland capital in the late 1960s. At the centre of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks and a blossoming romance. But as the 1960s stagger to a close, Buddy’s childhood dreams turn into a nightmare. Simmering social discontent suddenly explodes in Buddy’s own street and escalates, fast. First a masked attack, then a riot, and finally a city-wide conflict, with religion fanning the flames further afield. Catholics vs Protestants, loving neighbours suddenly deadly foes. Buddy must make sense of this chaotic new landscape of lockdown, peopled by heroes and villains – that once existed only on the cinema screen, but now threaten to upend everything he knows and loves – as an epic struggle plays out in his own backyard. Can his father be the hero he needs him to be? Will his mother sacrifice her past in order to protect her family’s future? How can his beloved grandparents be kept safe? And how can he love the girl of his dreams? The answers lie in Buddy’s compelling, funny, poignant and heart-breaking journey through riots, violence, the joy and despair of family relationships and the agony of first love, all accompanied by the dancing, music and laughter that only the Irish can muster when the world turns upside down. Dame Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Jude Hill. PREMIERES 3RD  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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MAN OF MANY TALENTS SIR KENNETH BRANAGH

The multifaceted talent of the Irish-born English actor, director, and writer, Sir Kenneth Branagh is on full display this February as he looms large over two films releasing in cinemas this month. He serves as writer and director of Belfast , and as director and lead actor for the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novel Death on the Nile . Belfast is a movie straight from Branagh's own experiences as a boy – charting a path towards adulthood through a world that has suddenly turned upside down with the onset of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s. His stable and loving community and everything he thought he understood about life is changed forever, but joy, laughter, music and the formative magic of the movies remain. Belfast is an uplifting film in spite of the story’s tragic details, and the deeply personal project is on-track for Awards Season success, with its directing, script writing, and performances being recognised, and it has already won Branagh the Best Screenplay Golden Globe. The past two years have been a time riddled both with anxieties and the reflection that can accompany them, and Branagh channeled his unrest and contemplations into Belfast – a black-and- white tribute to his childhood. “I felt at the beginning of the pandemic, when I was writing this, that we needed to be a little kinder to ourselves,” he has said. “We all needed to appreciate and value however imperfect – and every family, I suppose, is bound to be – the gifts that we’ve been given.” Read more about Death on the Nile page 7

Henry V 1989 Academy Award Nominee Best Director and Actor

My Week with Marilyn 2011 Academy Award Nominee Best Supporting Actor

Murder on the Orient Express 2017

Hamlet 1996

Academy Award Nominee Best Adapted Screenplay

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An experienced sustainability strategist and vintage fashion lover, Jacinta FitzGerald is the programme director for inspiring local initiative, Mindful Fashion NZ, a collective of Kiwi design- ers, suppliers and manufacturers keen to reduce their social and environmental impact. She also runs MakeGood, a con- sultancy that works with innovative apparel sector brands in New Zealand and globally to put sustainable practices at their core, and seeks to ensure the old model of take-make-waste, which exploits people and the planet along the way, is a thing of the past. She was introduced to current Mindful Fashion NZ board members, designer Kate Sylvester and her husband, Wayne Conway via a client in the United Kingdom, when MFNZ was still in its infancy, “so I was able to become involved very early on in the strategising about what an organisation that wanted to take on sustainability in a collective way would look like”. She went on to become one of the founding board members before taking on the role of Programme Director, which she is thriving in today. FitzGerald had a long career in fashion working as a designer and patternmaker for a number of companies, before step- ping away in 2012 after becoming disillusioned by the indus- try’s lack of commitment to more planet-conscious practices. “I felt like it was heading towards total annihilation – for want of a better word – so I stepped away and went back to university,” she explains. There she completed a research paper into sustainability in the fashion industry, which put her onto the trajectory of where she is today. FASHION FORWARD THE FASHION INDUSTRY EMITS MORE CARBON THAN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AND MARITIME SHIPPING COMBINED, BUT WHAT CAN WE DO? WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH TALKS BEST PRACTICE WITH SUSTAINABLE FASHION CONSULTANT AND PROGRAMME DIRECTOR FOR NEW ZEALAND INITIATIVE FOR CHANGE, MINDFUL FASHION , JACINTA FITZGERALD

Cirkel Life, Winter 2021 collection

“IT TAKES A LOT OF INTEGRITY & LOOKING AT EVERY STAGE OF YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN SO THAT YOU ARE DESIGNING PRODUCTS WITH PEOPLE & PLANET IN MIND.” – Jacinta FitzGerald

Pictured at top: Karly Morrow of Cirkel Life. Second row: Nisa’s Emily Partridge & founder, Elisha Watson, and Nisa Swim 2021 collection.

Third row: Juliette Hogan, and Juliette Hogan collection. Peri Drysdale of Untouched World, and ‘Beckett’ shirt from Untouched World collection. Bottom: ‘Ophelia’ knit from Standard Issue collection, and Emma Ensor of Standard Issue

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FitzGerald has completed project-based work with many global and local brands, and says her international connections have been in- valuable to her work with MFNZ today. The or- ganisation recently published a Sustainability Insights Report into our fashion industry, which was a first for New Zealand. The incredibly de- tailed report demonstrates the collective progress being made in the New Zealand fashion industry, and also presents a path for- ward for positive sustainability action. One of the main reasons it came about was to raise the profile of the industry in order for the likes of the government and consumers to take notice, “because we needed to be taken se- riously if any change was going to happen,” says FitzGerald. “The report was essential for data gathering in particular,” she adds, “and determining the GDP of industry and its economic value.” Even before the report came out, the MFNZ team went out to the industry at large to find out what designers and suppliers wanted them to do as an organisation, “and what came back was a) the need to ensure a skilled workforce in New Zealand, and b) a need to help people better understand sustainability and how they could pursue it within their busi- ness”. The report has given the organisation an idea of the baseline, “and we completed a survey to see where everybody is at. We’ve got 68 members and now we know what they’re doing and can see where the great- est need is, and we will be completing that survey every year to show progress over time”. She said that one thing the report did was demonstrate exactly how much certain busi- nesses were doing in terms of sustainability that the organisation wasn’t really aware of. “Lots of our members are doing incredible ini- tiatives around how they deal with textile waste, for example,” says FitzGerald, “and it was just so cool to be able to uncover some of these stories and then be able to share them. The report became about data but also about the people just getting out there and making a change, which was fantastic.” Talk turns to the topic of greenwashing, which is rife in both the beauty and fashion industries internationally, but thankfully not so much here. Is greenwashing the result of deliberate misrepresentation, or just a lack of understand-

Jacinta FitzGerald, programme director of Mindful Fashion NZ, and founder of Make Good Consultancy New Zealand.

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ing? “I think it’s a little bit of both,” says the in- dustry veteran, “and I’ve seen greenwashing being commandeered as a marketing tool across so many different industries. Businesses have to be so careful about how they com- municate what they’re doing, and I think people are now really fearful of getting it wrong.” She goes on to say that there are so many facets of sustainability that need to be considered, “and you need a holistic ap- proach. The big impacts aren’t happening at the packaging stage with say a reusable bag, it goes much deeper than that.” When asked to call out New Zealand design- ers or labels that she sees as emerging as real industry leaders in the area of sustainability, FitzGerald says it is difficult to name just a few as so many are taking very different ap- proaches to the issue. “Some have commit- ted to just using natural fibres that can be composted at the end of their life,” she ex- plains, “while others have addressed their textile waste and how to better work with that. There are a lot of different ways to get it right, but it takes a lot of integrity and looking at every stage of your supply chain so that you are designing products with people and planet in mind.” She says more and more businesses are becoming so much more than just the bottom line, “and are about creating good and doing good. Those businesses are the leaders in the industry and need all the support we can give them”. For many on lower incomes, or struggling, sustainability is the last thing on their minds when it comes to feeding and clothing their families. How does she see fashion in New Zealand addressing that part of society? “Sustainability is a way of thinking, and our role as active members of society is trying to support that,” says FitzGerald, “which comes down to voting with your wallet and choos- ing where and how you spend what money you do have.” For those who may have less disposable income, she says that the solution is buying the best you can, and then taking care of that. “We need to stop treating things as dispos- able. If you can’t afford that expensive organic cotton t-shirt that’s okay, but by looking after the t-shirt you do have, you’re being sustain- able. It’s that simple.”

Pictured at top: Deanna Didovich of Ruby. Second row: Kate Sylvester collection ‘Isabel’ top, and Kate Sylvester. Above: Jessie Wong of Yu Mei, and bags from Yu Mei AW 2021 collection.

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Ruby ‘Kai’ dress and ‘Dolphin’ top.

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LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN ACTOR, ERIK THOMSON TALKS TO WRITER HÉLÈNE RAVLICH ABOUT HIS ROLE IN THE BITING SATIRE SERIES AFTERTASTE . Easton West is a an internationally-renowned yet volatile celebrity chef, who has a spectacular fall from grace and is forced to return to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. He is a vastly different character to the charming and eloquent Erik Thomson, the seasoned Australian talent who inhabits his role in the comedy Aftertaste . It’s Australia Day in the countryside outside Adelaide when I speak with Thomson, and South Australia is really feeling the brunt of Omicron’s arrival after being relatively unscathed for most of the pandemic. “It’s been such a funny start to the year for all of us,” says the actor, “but I’m most definitely in back-to- work mode and can’t wait to get out of lockdown and moving again.” It was Thomson who bought the production of After- taste to his hometown of the Adelaide Hills, “so I could just drive to work for a change instead of having to fly to different loca- tions. We filmed in August 2020, and were the first show to go into production after Covid-19 first hit”. Actors travelling inter- state were required to spend two weeks in quarantine before joining the production, which Thomson says bought a “special kind of madness to the set” as they turned up after spending a fortnight with only themselves for company. “It infused the first series with a little bit of crazy, which I think suited the show quite nicely,” adds Thomson with a laugh, “and we start shooting the second series soon, so hopefully we can replicate that.” The character of Easton West is your archetypal nightmare celebrity chef, driven by ego and a god complex that most definitely gets him into trouble. When asked if he based him upon any particular current kitchen nightmares or if he’s a col- lage of generally appalling behaviour, Thomson admits that Gordon Ramsay was a definite point of reference. “We really wanted to delve into the archetype and drew from a few dif- YES CHEF!

EASTON WEST IS YOUR ARCHETYPAL NIGHTMARE CELEBRITYCHEF, DRIVEN BY EGO & A GOD COMPLEX.

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ferent sources,” he elaborates, “and never named names to protect ourselves from lawsuits! I think people definitely know the type of person we’re taking aim at.” He says that beyond just taking pot shots at an egomaniac, they sought to go deeper into recent developments in society and the impact the likes of the #metoo movement had on men like Easton. “Discussions were happening around power and gen- der, and it is hopefully the beginning of the end of an era when it comes to abusing that. We see Easton running by the old rule book and then being forced to adapt and learn the new rule book, and perhaps changing within himself as a result.” After years of playing the likes of dependable Dave Rafter, Thomson says he relished the chance to play an absolute rat- bag. “Playing the affable father figure is something I can pretty much do in my sleep as I’ve done so much of it, so playing a character like Easton really invigorated my love of acting,” says the actor. “I got to exercise muscles that hadn’t been exercised for a long time, and even though there are moments when Eas- ton is very hard to like, I think we had to make that bold choice early on so we had somewhere to shift away from.” When a seasoned chef is at the cutting board, it’s almost im- possible to take your eyes off their considerable knife skills. Did Thomson put in the hard yards – and potentially his digits on the line – learning a few tricks before cameras started rolling? “I’m afraid it would take a lifetime of practice to look like a

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“WE EMPLOYED SEVERAL [CHEFS] FULL TIME TO PREPARE & PLATE DISHES... THAT FOOD PORN ELEMENT WAS ESSENTIAL THROUGHOUT THE PRODUCTION.”

Michelin chef,” he says with a laugh, and will neither confirm nor deny whether or not a ‘hand double’ was present on set. He did ben- efit however from the skills of local chefs who were not working due to the pandemic, “and we were able to employ several of them full time to prepare and plate dishes so they were at the standard demanded of a top chef. That food porn element was essential through- out the production, with Netflix’s Chef’s Table one of our key influences”. He said his main role was “eating lots of incredible food, with a little knife work on the side!” We talk about the points at which a kitchen service and a stage performance intersect, the choreography that takes place between chefs and other members of the kitchen staff. “When the first meal goes out it’s like the cur- tain opens, and then comes down when the last dish hits the pass,” says Thomson. “Both end the night with a real adrenalin overload, with so much passion and artistry involved.” “All of that pressure results in a character like Easton, who really is a product of the world he moves through every night.”

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RIALTO CHANNEL PREMIERES RIALTO SELECTION  CLICK TO SEE MORE PREMIERE FILMS EVERY SATURDAY AT 8:30 Supernova heart-rending modern love story about a couple, still passionately in love after twenty years, struggling with a diagnosis of early- onset dementia. Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci. 5th A Rainy Day in New York romcom written and directed by Woody Allen. Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law. 12th Honey Boy 19th – see feature opposite page The Father a heartbreaking story about the pain, loneliness and sadness of dementia as an aging man begins to doubt the fabric of his own reality. Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman. 26th RIALTO BRITISH  CLICK TO SEE MORE SUNDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: British beats The Beatles and India , 6th; Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché 13th; Heyday: The Mic Christopher story , 20th; Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan 27th RIALTO WORLD  CLICK TO SEE MORE MONDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 The best of independent international film and filmmakers. This month: exclusive French fare Bye Bye Morons 7th; School Life 14th; The Mystery of Henri Pick 21st; The Translators 28th RIALTO SPECIAL  CLICK TO SEE MORE WEDNESDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: a feast for foodies – see feature about series Aftertaste page 22 RIALTO DOCUMENTARY  CLICK TO SEE MORE THURSDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30 This month: award-winning reel life stories Gunda , 3rd; Midnight Family , 10th; The Donut King , 17th; The Mole Agent , 24th RIALTO FILM  CLICK TO SEE MORE FRIDAY PREMIERES AT 8:30

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HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRY TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE Wild Tales From The Farm the picture- perfect appearance of an idylic 500-acre organic farm in England hides a secret world of drama, rivalry, friendship and devotion. The daily lives of the farm animals are filmed over the course of a year, and their stories told, as the seasons change around them. 4 Ep series. NZ Premiere 9pm, Monday 7th Global Footprints exploring ideas around sustainable living – from urbanisation and ecological farming, to greener housing and transportarion – and understanding the impact we have on the environment, 4 Ep series. NZ premiere 8:30, Wednesday 9th INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY  CLICK TO SEE MORE Lady Gucci: The Story of Patrizia Reggiani from fairytale beginings, to the nightmare that followed, the former Mrs. Gucci tells her story. 9:30, Tuesday 8th Calls From the Inside murder investigations and the phone recordings that helped catch the culprit. 8:30, Sunday 6th ANIMAL PLANET  CLICK TO SEE MORE Special event: Irwin month – every night Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Extra Bites S2. From 1st Crikey! It’s the Irwins S4. Beginning 5th CI  CLICK TO SEE MORE Served: Harvey Weinstein justice is served. Witness the rise and fall of one of Hollywood’s most powerful men, sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and other sexual criminal acts. 8:30, Thursday 24th

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HONEY BOY – PREMIERES ON RIALTO CHANNEL, 8:30, SATURDAY 19TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE When 12-year-old Otis begins to find success as a television star, his abusive, alcoholic father returns and takes over as his guardian. From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own unhappy early life as a young actor, fictionalising his childhood ascent to stardom, a dysfunctional relationship with his father, entanglement with addiction, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery. The film is a moving depiction of a young man’s struggles to understand and perhaps forgive, with LaBeouf rising to the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father.

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LITTLE GIRL A moving portrait of a little boy, 7-year-old Sasha, who has always known she is a girl. Questioning her gender identity evokes sometimes disturbing reactions from a society that is still largely invested in a biological boy- girl mind set. Sasha’s family have accepted her for who she truly is, while working to change outdated social norms in rural France. A delicate, intimate, and at times hearbreaking documentary that explores the emotional challenges and obstacles that Sasha faces. 25th NEW ZEALAND TELEVISION PREMIERES, 8:30PM, EVERY FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY  CLICK TO SEE MORE

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA In Chechnya there are no homosexuals. That is what Ramzan Kadyrov, the tyrannical leader of this semi-islamic Sharia law “constituent republic” of Russia, has decided. In 2017, he launched what amounted to a pogrom against Chechnya's gay and gender-diverse people. This film follows a group of activists who risk their lives to rescue LGBTQ+ people who are threatened, detained, tortured – and executed. Some faces have been digitally altered to protect people’s identies. 4th LIGHT IN THE WATER In 1982, soon after the first Gay Games, West Hollywood Swim Club, as it was known then, registered as the first openly gay masters swim and water polo club. This feature documentary film follows their battle for acceptance. From their humble beginnings, to becoming a renowned force fighting injustice in the world of competitive sports. 11th ARE YOU PROUD? Celebrating the greatest achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, this documentary calls attention to the fights both past and present, while asking tough questions about the future. Combining rare archive footage, with interviews across a spectrum of historical campaigns, and current activists in the UK, and acknowledging the LGBTQ+ Pride movement’s landmark achievements. 18th

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PREMIERES ON MA¯ORI TELEVISION – 7PM, SATURDAY 5TH  CLICK TO SEE MORE Off the back of releasing Black Sea Golden Ladder , his fifth album in the 10 / 10 /10 series, New Zealand musician Troy Kingi has collaborated with seven Ma¯ori directors to produce a thought-provoking ‘visual album’ that explores an existential life experience. Each track from the album has inspired an accompanying video, created to tell a part of the story of the journey from childhood to death. The bold concept of the film centres around the longing for a human life experience and the abrupt transition between the spiritual and physical realms. The stellar cast includes, Vinnie Bennett, Eds Eramiha, Bella Rakete, Xavier Horan, Kiri Naik, Nepia Takuira-Mita, and Beulah Koale (pictured). Also available on MA¯ ORI+

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THREE  CLICK TO SEE MORE Controlling Britney Spears in 2016, superstar Britney Spears told a US court that her conservatorship had become “an oppressive and controlling tool against her.” This New York Times investigation reveals the intense surveillance aparatus that was set up to monitor her every move. 8:30, Tuesday 1st Arranged when arranged marriage is the cultural expectation and finding love is a family affair, there are a myriad of obstacles to overcome on the quest to find a perfect match. NZ series. 4pm, Saturday 5th Reunited in 1992 Alex Gilbert, aged just 2-years-old, was adopted from a Russian orphanage to a new life in New Zealand. In his early 20s, he tracked down his birth family in Russia and set off on a journey to meet them. Alex has since helped many fellow adoptees find long-lost families, and in this new series he takes a new ‘adoptee’ each episode on a quest across the globe to track down their roots. 8:30, Tuesday 1st Poppy a young woman with Down syndrome has ambitions to become a motor mechanic, but first she has to contend with her over protective brother. NZ film 8:30, Monday 7th – Also available on TVNZ OnDemand. TVNZ 2  CLICK TO SEE MORE – Also available on ThreeNow. TVNZ 1  CLICK TO SEE MORE Wellington Paranormal final season of the NZ mockumentary series. 8:30 Weds 16th TVNZ DUKE  CLICK TO SEE MORE

DJ Sirvere

MA¯ ORI TELEVISION  CLICK TO SEE MORE A REASON 2 RHYME The relationship that Ma¯ori and Pasifika youth developed with hip hop as an alternative expression of culture and identity in Aotearoa is explored in this powerful new documentary. “It’s personal. A fusion of tikanga, whakapapa, and modern day culture as told through the experiences of my peers” says associate producer DJ Sirvere. “Our focus was on a Ma¯ori and Pacifika perspective, but this is for everyone!” Featuring a veritable who’s who of Aotearoa hip hop, including the personal recollections and experiences of hip hop pioneers DJ Sirvere, Dean Hapeta (Upper Hutt Posse), Che Fu, DLT, Danny Haimona (Dam Native), and Scribe, as well as more recent contributors such as Ladi 6, Mareko, SWIDT and Tom Scott. 10A produced the title song and original score for the film. Written, directed and produced by Anahera Parata. Premieres Waitangi Day, 8.30, Sunday 6th – Also on demand and on the MA¯ ORI+ app. BRAVO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Ghost Hunters S1 – New Zealand Premiere Thursday 3rd, then weekly 7:30, Thursdays PRIME  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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AMAZON PRIME VIDEO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Reacher a veteran military police investigator who has just re-entered civilian life, Jack Reacher is a drifter, travelling light as he explores the nation he once served. When he arrives in a small town grappling with its first homicide in 20 years, he is arrested for the crime. False witnesses emerge and a conspiracy is uncovered, which requires a keen mind and hard-hitting fists to deal with. One thing is for sure: they picked the wrong guy to take the fall. Alan Ritchson. Season 1, based on Lee Child’s first Jack Reache r novel Killing Floor , premieres 4th. I Want You Back when total strangers meet, one thing instantly bonds them: they were both unexpectedly dumped by their respective partners on the same weekend. As the saying goes, “misery loves company,” but their commiseration turns into a mission when they find that their exes have happily moved on to new romances. Terrified that, in their 30s, they have lost their shot at happily ever after, they hatch a desperate plot to do whatever it takes to put an end to their exes’ new relationships and send them running back to their arms. Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, Jami Gertz. Film releases 11th The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S4. It's 1960 and change is in the air. Looking to hone her act, housewife-turned-stand-up-comedian Midge finds a gig with total creative freedom. But her commitment to her craft – and the places it takes her – creates a rift between her and her family and friends around her. The edgy, uncompromising, and hilarious new season includes guest appearances from Kelly Bishop, Milo Ventimiglia, John Waters, and Jason Alexander. Available from 18th Phat Tuesdays docuseries celebrating the influential Black comedians’ showcase at The Comedy Store. Featuring Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Cedric the Entertainer, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King. From Friday 4th

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APPLE TV+  CLICK TO SEE MORE SEVERANCE How do you separate your work and home life selves? Is it even possible at all? In this dystopian thriller a group of employees at Lumon Industries sign-up for a ‘severance procedure’, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question when the team leader finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work... and of himself. Director Ben Stiller. Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Britt Lower, John Turturro, Zach Cherry, Jen Tullock, Dichen Lachman, Tramell Tillman... and Christopher Walken. 9 Ep series, weekly on Friday, beginning 18th.

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INVENTING ANNA – NETFLIX  CLICK TO SEE MORE A journalist with a lot to prove investigates the case of Anna Delvey, the Instagram-legendary fake German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s elite social scene – and stole their money as well. But is Anna New York’s biggest con-woman or is she simply an audacious entrepreneur – a new version of the American dream? Anna and the reporter form a dark, funny love-hate bond as Anna awaits trial, and the reporter fights the clock to answer the biggest question in NYC: who is Anna Delvey? Inspired by the New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People . Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Laverne Cox. Limited series releasing 11th

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PAM & TOMMY – DISNEY+ STAR ORIGINAL  CLICK TO SEE MORE Set in the Wild West early days of the Internet, telling the true story of the infamous Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape. Stolen from the couple’s home by a disgruntled carpenter, the video went from underground bootleg-VHS curiosity to full-blown global sensation when it hit the Web in 1997. A love story, crime caper and cautionary tale rolled into one, the eight- part original limited series explores the intersection of privacy, technology and celebrity, tracing the origins of our current Reality TV era to a tape seen by millions, but meant to have an audience of just two. Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogan, Taylor Schilling. Launching 2nd

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PULSE TV  CLICK TO SEE MORE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORIES & DOCUMENTARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Romantic Road an eminant London lawyer and his wife re-define later life by motoring across the heart of rural India in their battered 1936 Rolls Royce, to get to a human rights festival in Bangladesh. Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story an action-documentary about the evolution of stunt women from The Perils of Pauline in 1914 to the ass-kicking performers who drive the action of today’s biggest blockbusters. Narrated by Michelle Rodriguez and starring NZ’s own Zöe Bell. Ronnie's the story of musician Ronnie Scott and his world-famous Soho nightclub, which would become the cornerstone of the UK jazz scene. Clips of some of the musical greats who played there over the decades bring this legendary club and its charming yet tormented owner to life. Nostromo: David Lean’s Impossible Dream chronicaling the last years of the iconic director’s life and his failed bid to make the adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel. Lean believed it would be his defining work, the pinnacle of his career, but ultimately, the struggle proved too great. Lean’s widow Sandra, along with Steven Spielberg and others involved with the project, tell the heartbreaking story of endless delays and false starts. Some of those closest to Lean felt the constant frustrations and disappointments hastened his death. WALTER PRESENTS  CLICK TO SEE MORE TV EXPERT WALTER IUZZOLINO HANDPICKS COMPELLING SERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THREE NOW  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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The Last Suit an 88-year-old Jewish tailor embarks on a journey to find the man who saved him from death during the Holocaust. Border an unusual customs o ffi cer who can smell fear – and contraband – develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveller while helping a police investigation, which will call into question her entire existence. An ingenious and twisted supernatural crime drama romance, this thrillingly-unpredictable Swedish film delivers a fresh spin on Nordic mythology. SKY GO  CLICK TO SEE MORE Sky TV customers can watch live sports, news, box sets, and catch up on movies, shows, and entertainment, online, anywhere in NZ. MA¯ ORI TELEVISION ON DEMAND  CLICK TO SEE MORE

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TVNZ ONDEMAND  CLICK TO SEE MORE RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs. The World with Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr. Nine international alumni compete to win the title of Drag Race Superstar. Express from the U.K. from Wednesday 2nd Ragdoll three police Detectives are drawn into the grotesque world of the ‘Ragdoll Killer’. Psychological thriller, full series from 1st Dead an unlikely duo – a druggie medium and ghost cop – struggle with their differences while they navigate their way through ghouls, perverts, a mysterious hooded figure, and an unexpected shot at love. NZ series starring Tom Sainsbury. Full season from 16th DISNEY+  CLICK TO SEE MORE Torn in 1999, climber Alex Lowe, alongside cameraman David Bridges, were lost in a deadly avalanche on the Tibetan mountain Shishapangma. His best friend and climbing partner, Conrad Anker, survived, going on to marry Alex’s widow and help raise his sons. Alex’s son, filmmaker andNational Geographic Explorer, Max Lowe, turns the lens on his family, when the body of his father is uncovered seventeen years after his death. Releases 4th No Exit during a blizzard a young woman is forced to find shelter at a highway rest area with a group of strangers. When she stumbles across an abducted girl in a van outside a terrifying life-or-death struggle to discover who among them is the kidnapper begins. Suspense thriller filmed in NZ, premieres 25th. Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself the conceptual magician attempts to understand the illusory nature of identity and answer the deceptively simple question “Who am I?”. 4th The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder picks up the story of Penny Proud, and her madcap family. Animated series premiering 23rd

NEON  CLICK TO SEE MORE Equal a tribute to the early trailblazers of the modern LGTBQ+ movement, with archival footage and scripted re-enactments. 4-part docuseries narrated by Billy Porter. Available 1st Raised by Refugees sitcom from comedian Pax Assadi, inviting viewers into the confusing, and at times harsh, reality of being a part- Pakistani part-Iranian kid growing up in post-9/11 Aotearoa. NZ series available 25th. The Girl Before when a young woman moves into an extraordinary minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, she finds there’s just one catch: the occupants must abide by a list of exacting rules. A shocking discovery about her predecessor makes her question if her fate will be the same as the girl before. 4-part television thriller. Releases 13th DISTRICT  CLICK TO SEE MORE An otherworldly destination for fans of the supernatural, superheroes, sci-fi and fantasy.

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Raised by Refugees Neon

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